Checking Stimulus Spending in California
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With unemployment above 14%, San Bernardino County got $3.8 million to create jobs. But the County has spent so little, it might have to give $2.6 million back. What's happening to the rest of the $42 billion the state's gotten so far? Also, Randy Adams became police chief of Bell even after declaring himself “disabled.” And, in the closest race for Governor in 20 years, will LA make the difference? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, President Obama made his second major speech to the UN General Assembly today. We hear different opinions about what he said about US engagement with the rest of the world and what he left out.
Banner image: Governor Schwarzenegger greets construction workers after announcing groundbreaking of the largest highway project in the nation using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds known to date, May 8, 2009
Bell's Former Police Chief Found Lucrative Loophole ()
Randy Adams was hired as Police Chief for the City of Bell after he declared himself disabled, which means unable to perform his duties. But Bell’s former city manager Robert Rizzo hired him anyway, and Adams could get millions in tax-free pension income when he retires. Paul Pringle is reporting that story for the Los Angeles Times.
California's Share of Federal Stimulus Money ()
California’s received about $42 billion in federal stimulus money, roughly half of what is expected. Governor Schwarzenegger has hired former LA City Controller Laura Chick, to keep track of how it’s being spent. Her latest report involves $3.5 million for creating jobs in San Bernardino County, where unemployment’s at 14%. Chick is looking for specific cases of waste, fraud and abuse. The nonprofit news service ProPublica is trying to keep track of how much is going where nationally and what it’s supposed to be for.
Could Jerry Brown Get the 'Fishhook'? ()
The latest Field Poll shows Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown tied at 41% in the closest race for Governor since 1990. To win statewide in a state where Democrats have a 13-point lead in registration, Republican’s need “the Fishhook,” and Whitman just might have it, according to Dan Walters, syndicated columnist for the Sacramento Bee.
President Obama Goes Back to the UN ()
In his second annual address to the UN General Assembly today, President Obama emphasized peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. He acknowledged widespread pessimism about the process but said, if the “teachings of tolerance” of three great religions were observed, there could be a positive outcome.
- Evelyn Leopold: Contributor, Huffington Post
- David Rothkopf: former Senior Official, Clinton Administration
- Richard Grenell: former Spokesman, US Ambassadors to the United Nations
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